ThinkWell is a health systems development organization focused on helping countries achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Using an approach that is rooted in analytics, ThinkWell has supported health financing and governance reforms in over 30 countries world-wide. ThinkWell thrives on reconceiving possibilities to help countries reach UHC.
We are a grounded, field-driven organization, with staff based out of six countries. Our team is composed of experts in health economics, policy, and research, who are all working with countries to support their efforts to move towards UHC.
In the Philippines, ThinkWell has begun the implementation of Strategic Purchasing for Primary Health Care (SP4PHC) as one of six countries where this project is being implemented. The Philippine UHC policy environment presents a positive and encouraging opportunity for ThinkWell to be a major player in helping to implement the UHC bill as soon as it is signed into law by the Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. The year 2018 ended with an upbeat mood in terms of the UHC bill when the upper and lower houses of the Philippine Congress approved a bicameral version of the UHC bill that is now ready for signature into a UHC Law that is projected to happen within the first 3 months of 2019.
Within the overarching project goal of SP4PHC, ThinkWell is committed to supporting countries to deliver on their own agendas, helping them to address priorities they have identified.
The ThinkWell Philippine Country Office seeks to put together a small, highly competent, flexible team of health professionals that will be able to influence the conversation and health policy space, leveraging on ThinkWell’s global, collective resources and experiences in Strategic Purchasing, Primary Health Care, especially Family Planning and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.
The Health Policy Expert, along with the rest of the SP4PHC Philippine Country team, will help to ensure that through strategic purchasing within the context of the UHC Law, the desired improvement in health outcomes for Filipino citizens will come closer to fruition in the next 5 years. In particular, it is hoped that key health outcomes in Family Planning (FP), Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) within the ambit of Primary Health Care (PHC) will significantly improve.
This national role is to work with key leaders within the Philippine Department of Health (DOH), PhilHealth and selected Local Government Units as well as other members of the SP4PHC Team in the Philippines to help develop policies and plans that will guide and ensure rational, sustainable implementation of the various facets of the Philippine Universal Health Care Act. Particular attention will be given to the evolution and expansion of Service Delivery Networks (SDN) in the provinces.
SDNs are envisioned to be the focal health service delivery unit mandated to provide all health services that are covered as benefit packages under the social health insurance program being implemented by Philhealth. Emphasis will be placed on the delivery of appropriate, responsive Primary Health Care services especially geared towards an increase in utilization of Family Planning Services and MNCH services that are paid for by the national single purchaser of the social health insurance scheme.
The Health Policy Expert, in collaboration with ThinkWell Senior Policy Adviser and SP4PHC Philippine Country Lead and ThinkWell SP4PHC Overall Coordinating Team, will undertake the following responsibilities:
Provide regular progress updates related to the IRR formulation and other technical assistance support provided to DOH